Philippe Bozon, the first French-born player to play in the National Hockey League, never earned the opportunity to play for the Montreal Canadiens, the most "French" team in the NHL. However, his son may get that same opportunity.
Tim Bozon, who currently is a right wing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, was selected in the third round by the Canadiens.
Born in St. Louis, Bozon holds Swiss citizenship, but represents France internationally, just like his dad and his grandfather.
In 71 games for the Blazers, Bozon scored 36 goals along with 35 assists. He was also a plus-27 with just 40 penalty minutes.
An offensively oriented player, Bozon is known for his effectiveness in eluding defenders with his speed and quickness and is also known for his shot and quick release. However, there are some concerns with his defensive game.
In order to avoid being a "one-trick pony", Bozon will need to develop his defensive game. Getting to those high traffic areas and playing the body more, should get him on the right track.
As mentioned above, Bozon will remain in Kamloops, where he has one goal and two assists in three preseason games. Expect him to be among the leaders in goals and assists for Guy Charron's Blazers.
If Bozon develops a grittier side and works harder on defense, the Canadiens will be seeing him rise through the organization.
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